Sail Date: March 2015
We sailed on the Adventure of the Seas (AOS) on the March 15, 2015 sailing. Ports visited were San Juan, St Thomas, St Kitts, Aruba, and Curacao. We traveled the day ahead on March 14, 2014. Our friends who traveled on the 15th had a ... Read More
We sailed on the Adventure of the Seas (AOS) on the March 15, 2015 sailing. Ports visited were San Juan, St Thomas, St Kitts, Aruba, and Curacao. We traveled the day ahead on March 14, 2014. Our friends who traveled on the 15th had a mechanical delay of their airplane and missed their connection to SJU and had to catch the ship in St Thomas. This is why we always travel at least the day ahead. At SJU we hired a porter to help us with our luggage and he got us to the head of the Taxi line. This was the best $15 dollars we spent the entire trip, it saved us an estimated hour wait for a taxi. We stayed the night before at the Hilton Condado 999 Ashford Avenue, San Juan, PR 00907. I reserved the hotel with award points. We had a corner room with a view of the pool. It was a nice hotel. We did not arrive until 3 pm. We checked in and then walked around the hotel. It has a small beach on the Lagoon. We walked down the street and enjoyed dinner at Waikiki Seafood and Oyster Bar. They had an excellent Puerto Rico special. After dinner we returned to the hotel and crashed. Sunday morning we met our friends and took a cab to Old San Juan to have breakfast at Café De Cortez Chocolate Bar. We love this place and always make a point to eat there. The San Juan triathlon was going on so traffic was a mess. After breakfast we returned to the hotel and checked out and go to the ship around 12:30 pm. It took us about 15 minutes to get on the ship after we dropped our luggage with the porters. We had Jr. Suite 9298. It was spacious and had a great balcony. We were near the aft Elevator and on two flights of stairs below the Wind Jammer and pool deck. The room and ship was very clean. Our room steward was excellent, keeping the ice bucket full and lots of towel animals for our 10 year old daughter. My wife decided on the premium beverage package and really enjoyed it. She found a wine she liked and covered the cost almost every day with wine, diet coke, and bottled water. We had late traditional seating. Xavier was our waiter and did an excellent job. We ate all but one meal in the MDR. We had dinner Monday evening at Giovanni’s Table. The MDR food was excellent and Giovanni’s table was worth the up charge. Beware the lemon cello. We enjoyed the shows in the Lyric Theatre. Our favorite was Beatle Mania. In St Thomas we went to Coki beach. Cab fare was $8 pp each way. There are several beach bar/restaurants at the beach and snorkel equipment rentals. It was a great day just sitting on the beach, playing in the surf and enjoying adult beverages. In St Kitts we chartered a private sail boat from Miles at Nevis Private Charters. It was a wonderful day. Miles leaves from the Reggae Beach Bar which is a $20 pp cab ride from the port. He took us snorkeling off of ship wreck beach then to a beach restaurant on Nevis. The weather was perfect and Miles is an outstanding captain. In Aruba we hired a local taxi to take us to Palm Beach. We hung out there for 4 or 5 hours then had lunch at Red Fish restaurant recommended by our cab driver. Lobster was only $18 US and was outstanding. We picked up the last bottle of rum crème in Aruba. In Curacao we took and island tour and then spent a few hours at Mambo Beach. After the last day at sea we off boarded headed to our post cruise hotel. There were only 2 customs agents working when we got off the ship and the line was very slow moving even with the porter. We stayed post cruise at the La Concha Renaissance San Juan Resort. It was a nice clean hotel with a great beach and pool. It is located next to a local park and there was a concert Sunday evening until 10 pm which we could hear from our room. After breakfast Monday morning at the CrepeMaker de Puerto Rico we checked out of our room and headed for the airport. Flight from SJU to BWI was great but we found out that our flight from BWI to MCI was canceled. We quickly got on a flight to MDW and luckily after spending the night at Gate B21 we got on the first flight out from MDW to MCI on standby. Flights were being canceled the rest of the day so we would have spent a full day in Chicago if we did not make the first flight. Not enough to run a vacation. This is why when traveling you always have to be ready for complications. I don’t mind missing the flight home but I don’t ever want to miss the ship sailing. We enjoyed the trip so much we booked the Navigator out of Fort Lauderdale next spring break. We turned diamond on this cruise. Read Less
Sail Date: March 2015
This was our 2nd time on the Adventure of the Seas (AOS), the first being in 2009. This was our first time we had repeated on a ship. I like the Voyager class a lot, it's big, but also small. I think the itinerary is great, 2 ... Read More
This was our 2nd time on the Adventure of the Seas (AOS), the first being in 2009. This was our first time we had repeated on a ship. I like the Voyager class a lot, it's big, but also small. I think the itinerary is great, 2 stops, a day at sea, 2 stops and a day at sea. I like it when the shore dates are broken up a bit. This was the first time we stayed in an aft balcony, and I will probably do it again. The room was 1394, a Junior suite. The aft view truly was amazing. But, man!, that walk to the cabin is really something else. You have to think twice about "just running back to the cabin for something". Anyways, on to the cruise. We flew in to San Juan on Saturday night. I would have liked to have gotten in sooner, but the flights and prices didn't work out that way. Check out of the hotel was at noon, so we just went right to the ship from there. We had stayed at the Howard Johnson Isla Verda. It's near the airport and beach, but then about as far from Old San Juan as you can get. Our room on the 8th floor (odd number room) had a balcony that overlooked the main street and past the condo's to the ocean. It was a very nice view. The hotel was nice. Not fancy, but nice. The staff at the front desk was great. The continental breakfast was also okay. They struggle to keep it stocked, especially as you get closer to the end time of 9:30. We were cruising with 2 of my older brothers and their wives. It was one couple's first cruise and the other couples first cruise on Royal Caribbean. I thought check in at the cruise pier was the smoothest we've ever had. We all checked in pretty quickly with what seemed to be no problems. We showed the others around the ship a bit as we worked our way up to the Windjammer for lunch. (A few days before the cruise, RCCL had sent out an email advising us to check in at certain times based on the deck our cabin was on, with exceptions for suite guests (us), Platinum and above members (us) and those with pre-arranged RCCL arrivals. Too be honest, this technically left one of my brothers sitting on the dock until 3pm while the rest of us could check in anytime. Well that wasn't going to fly, so they checked in with us and there were no issues. Still, I didn't like that email. You need to work on that RCCL.) The cabin's opened up at 2pm and we all went to our cabins to check them out and get situated. We met up again at first seating dinner where it was the 6 of us at one table. Christopher and Oswald took great care of us all week, as I would have expected. They were fun, knowledgeable and were always available for questions. After dinner, one brother mentioned that he hadn't received his suitcase yet, and it was now almost 9pm. We went to Guest Services and it was there. He had arrived in San Juan a few days early and he had gone to the Bacardi factory on one of those days. He had a package of 9 small sampler bottles of rum, which he had packed in his checked luggage. RCCL of course confiscated it. And somehow, we noticed, his room luggage tag had come off, so they didn't know where to deliver it. So he got his suitcase and was told he could collect his liquor at the end of the cruise with all the other confiscated stuff. The first stop was St. Thomas where we all went our separate ways and my wife and I did a Kayak, Hike, Snorkel trip. It was great, very fun, not too strenuous, and the guides were very informative. They could have provided more of a snack than a fun size Kit Kat bar though. The 2nd stop was in St. Kitts. This was the first time we had been to that island. My wife joined one of her sister in laws for the train ride around the island and I went scuba diving with Pro Divers. RCCL doesn't offer a scuba trip in St. Kitts and I had just gotten certified the previous August. My wife had a good time on the train trip and she said some of the scenery was just amazing. I had a great time scuba diving for the first time in the tropics. I will recommend Pro Divers, but you must be patient with them. They need to update their website to allow payments online. As of now, you need to call them, or have them call you. They must be very busy as it takes quite a while for them to call you. On our day at sea, at around noon, the captain came on and told us that due to a medical emergency we were going to proceed as fast as possible to Curacao to drop off the passenger and then we would continue to Aruba for our day on Thursday and then return to Curacao on Friday, all according to schedule. This was the first time I had been on a cruise that had any kind of diversion like that. My wife watched the special arrival in Curacao while I went to see the Quest. Gosh, I love watching that game. And in fact, in 2009 I was a team captain. But now, I leave it to the younger cruisers. Being in an aft balcony we could see that the ship was moving faster. In fact, we found out later that the ship was moving at max speed (22.5-23 knots). It was noticeable in the amount of wake we were making, that is for sure. I did my first rock climbing on the day at sea. That's one reason why I like RCCL. They have some fun athletic events like the rock wall. I may be 52, but I still can climb the rock wall. After our day at sea, we arrived in Aruba. We rented a jeep and drove around the island on our own. We stopped at the Butterfly House (great), the California lighthouse (wonderful views), the Alto Vista Chapel (very interesting and a great view too), the Gold Mine ruins and the Natural Bridge. The Natural Bridge fell down several years ago, so I'm not sure why it is still called that and why people still want to go there. But off we went. It got up to 94! on our Jeep thermometer and man was that hot. We finished the day at the Ayo Rock Formation, which is quite an impressive natural rock formation. It was just too hot for us now so we made our way back to Oranjestad and dropped off the car. We had a nice lunch and did some shopping. We rented from Jay's Car Rental. They met us right outside the pier area, my name was on a sign. They took care of us really well. Quick and EasyThe jeep had some dents and dings, and the check engine light was always on, but otherwise the car ran great. It was so interesting seeing parts of the island that you might not get to see on various tours. The lack of road signage just made it more of an adventure! We found everything we wanted to see. At 5pm we joined the Sunset Catamaran cruise. Free drinks! It sure was nice being out on the ocean to watch the sunset after our hot day on the island. It really was just the thing. The crew made drinks and just sailed us around. Nothing too crazy. For our stop in Curacao, I went on the RCCL Scuba excursion. It was with Ocean Encounters and was two shore dives. It was wonderful. The visibility was great and the reef was full of fish. It was wonderful. Maybe some experienced divers would want to do more, but for a half day, and for a newbie like me, it was great. I'll have to go to Curacao for an extended vacation and do some more scuba diving with Ocean Encounters. We went to the ice show again on the last day at sea. I really like the ice shows that Royal Caribbean has. I don't watch the ice skating at the Olympics but you are able to get so up close in Studio B that you can't help but be impressed with the talent and skill of the ice skaters. And wouldn't you know it, we had one last medical emergency. At 3am on Sunday morning, we had to come to a stop and let a helicopter pick up a passenger. I'm not sure they needed to wake us at 3am to tell us this, as I would have easily slept through it all. The cruise director staff was very nice. Luisa and Anthony were fun people and they always kept things moving along. Bobby is a great cruise director too. The AOS is certainly in need of some refreshment. I know it had a small refurbishment last year but it needs more. It has only one specialty restaurant (Giovanni's Table) while some smaller ships have more. I know some Voyager class ships have been given a Flo Rider and I'd Like to see that on AOS too. The Peek a Boo bridge is a nice hidden add on, and when it is open, is fun to find and watch the crew at work. For disembarkation, because we were staying another day in San Juan, we did self depart. My brother was told he could pick up his liquor with the other confiscated items (and man, there were a lot of irons there!) but it wasn't there. He asked some staff who basically gave him the run around. I was very disappointed in RCCL for not having his items available and not really helping in trying to track them down. I realize disembarkation is a crazy time, but they are the ones who took the liquor and who said where he could pick it up. In looking back on it, I wonder if the missing luggage tags actually made it impossible to locate whose item it was. We probably should have confirmed that on the first day but I didn't think of it. I wonder how it would have gone if he had carried them onboard in his carry-on. If they were confiscated then, he would have at least had his name on them. Read Less
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Sail Date: March 2015
My husband and I took our 3 kids and my son's girlfriend. We arrived at the cruise port around 4 p.m. We had spent the day in San Juan at the beach. We flew in the day before and stayed at the Embassy Suites and Casino. ... Read More
My husband and I took our 3 kids and my son's girlfriend. We arrived at the cruise port around 4 p.m. We had spent the day in San Juan at the beach. We flew in the day before and stayed at the Embassy Suites and Casino. (That's another review) The embarkation process was so easy. There were only just a couple people checking in at this time. The process was quick and easy. The cruise was fantastic. We loved all the ports. We had most of our excursions planned before the cruise and all of them were fantastic. My husband and I bought the basic drink package (beer/wine). That worked out great for us. We could always find something to eat for breakfast or a quick lunch/snack in the Windjammer. Somethings were tasty some not, but there are lots of choices. It's just a matter of tasting and figuring it out. We had chose the any time dining and were seated promptly every evening. I had booked the times online before the cruise. We sat at the same table each night with the same waiters. The wait staff was awesome. They knew what to bring us to drink without us asking. The service was very good. We enjoyed all of the options on the menu. We enjoyed most everything we ordered. After dinner we attended as many activities as we could fit in. We went to all the shows in the lyric theater, saw all the comedians, went to all the game shows and enjoyed a lot of activities in the promenade (70's dance party). We read through the compass and made a plan each night so we would not miss a thing. We loved all the activities. The entertainment was great. Our kids ages 17-21 enjoyed the shows too. The disembarkation was quick and easy. After a nice breakfast in the dining room we reported to our designated area where we were called just 10 min. later. Finding our luggage was easy and the customs check literally took 5 minutes. There were plenty of cabs available and we were back at the Embassy Suites in no time at all. We love the AOS this was our 3rd time. My only small complaint is this boat is getting a little tired. It could use some updating. The cabins need sprucing up and the halls and some areas really could use new carpeting and decor. This in no way determines what kind of trip I'm going to have, but I would give this ship an excellent rating if these changes were made. Read Less
Sail Date: March 2015
These were our first Royal Caribbean cruises (we did back-to-back Mar. 15 and 22) after three on Norwegian. My sister-in-law loves RCCI and recommended this itinerary and we did love it! It was just the right amount of busy with sea day ... Read More
These were our first Royal Caribbean cruises (we did back-to-back Mar. 15 and 22) after three on Norwegian. My sister-in-law loves RCCI and recommended this itinerary and we did love it! It was just the right amount of busy with sea day downtime. We felt the Adventure of the Seas was a lovely ship - the promenade was what we really liked as Norwegian does not have that feature. The common areas were all clean and well kept, etc. The only thing I found was the ladies washroom next to the Windjammer really smelled bad - like they were having a sewage/plumbing issue. Didn't love the nights they had sales going on down the middle as it made navigation around that area difficult. We really loved some of the crew and chatted with them frequently. We did My Time Dining and thought it was great as that's the way we eat on Norwegian as well ("Freestyle Dining"). We could go whenever we wanted and didn't have to wait longer than 5 minutes, and with the exception of three nights out of fourteen nights we were seated with Desmond and Cany who we thought were the most excellent waiters. The meals were good and tasty, right temperature, didn't have to wait too long for food. Desmond and Cany would bring us their recommendations even if we ordered something different just so we could try them! They never steered us wrong. There were a couple of exceptional meals which we enjoyed. The Windjammer was good most of the time, but a few more selections for people who like to eat healthy for breakfast would have been nice. Didn't pay extra for any of the other venues - seems silly when we have a perfectly delicious Italian restaurant in our home town that we enjoy and another great burger place (NOT Johnny Rockets!). We've always felt a cruise should include ALL dining venues and not be nickel and diming guests the way they do. And while I'm on a rant, charging extra for Ben and Jerry's - really? We didn't pay for that either, I can just order it in the dining room at dinner. Having said all this regarding the dining, Norwegian was just as good or better - especially the buffet venue. The entertainment was good most of the time - we really enjoyed the Beatle Maniacs and the Love and Marriage game show. We participated in most of the group games and had a blast. The crew was excellent with one exception and I think she was just frazzled (one of the guest services girls) - I think she had just had enough of rude people, as we witnessed while standing in line. One of the shore excursions fellows was getting blasted over the phone by a guest but he remained very professional and apologized to us for the wait. Why do people have to be so rude and obnoxious to these crew members? Some people need a lesson in manners, ruin for everyone around them - they're on holidays, enjoy yourself! Anyway, just sayin'. Our room steward Tris, was excellent and very accommodating and always had our cabin made up nicely. I liked the towel animals and I don't know why people complain about how many towel animals they had while on their cruise - really? Get over it, those rooms stewards work hard. Speaking of the cabin, it was on Deck 8 and really quite nice but showing a bit of wear - draperies were coming off the tracks and the wood on the furniture and cupboards was worn. The mattress was nice and comfy - slept like a baby. Very quiet, standard sized veranda, cabin, bathroom and storage compared to other cabins we've had. No complaints about the size at all - we had plenty of room for what we brought. The shore excursions we took through the ship were very good, but the ones we took privately in ports were better. My husband used the gym and thought the facilities were great. I used the walking/jogging track and enjoyed it. The pool areas were nice but we actually only spent one afternoon out there. Still noticed the problem with people saving loungers - so inconsiderate. In summary, had a great time, lovely ship, would sail on Adventure again, but the cabins do need a bit of refurbishing. Last word - unfortunately, being Canadian we won't be booking another cruise any time soon since we now have to automatically add on 30-33% to any rate we are quoted due to the dollar. I guess Mexico or Europe it is! Read Less
Sail Date: March 2015
My family and I cruised on Adventure of the Seas on the 3/22/15 sailing. Here are our comments: Stateroom: We were in a Junior Suite on Deck 9 (9284). The location was wonderful and very central to pretty much everything. The room was ... Read More
My family and I cruised on Adventure of the Seas on the 3/22/15 sailing. Here are our comments: Stateroom: We were in a Junior Suite on Deck 9 (9284). The location was wonderful and very central to pretty much everything. The room was quite spacious and had a huge walk in closet and plenty of place to store things. My teen daughter and I shared the king bed and my husband and teen son shared the sofa bed. We were fine. I was worried because I had seen some reviews where people said space with an issue with more than three adults in a room of this type. We are used to a room with a king bed and a Pullman upper and lower. The room had some wear—the carpet seams were visible and there were worn spots, in particular between the beds. The balcony was large but could use some paint touchups. The beds were hard and the pillows were either thin or lumpy. Other than that, we had no complaints with the room. Dining room wait staff: Desmond (waiter) and Cany (assistant), both from India, were fantastic! Desmond was by far the best waiter we have had on any cruise, and Cany was an excellent assistant. We had MTD dining and after having experienced Desmond and Cany on the first night we made reservations at a table in their section for the rest of the cruise. If you have MTD dining and end up in their section, congratulations! Make a reservation and enjoy their excellent service all week. We gave them envelopes with additional tip on the last night of the cruise because we truly felt they deserved it. Crown and Anchor benefits: We’re only Gold members, so there aren’t a lot of benefits. However, we were happy to have received a BOGO offer for milkshakes at Johnny Rockets. This was the only offer we ended up using. Staff friendliness: We haven’t cruised Royal Caribbean since 1997, but staff on the ship don’t seem as friendly as we experienced before. Bartenders were generally pretty friendly, but I think room stewards for other cabins and waiter for other tables may have been told not to speak to guests unless they are spoken to. In the past they used to say hello to everyone, in my experience. MDR food: We were really not impressed with the food. It was certainly edible, but we really noted a marked decline in food quality. That said, it HAS been 17 years since our last RCI cruise. My favorite meal was the chicken cordon bleu and my favorite dessert was the key lime pie. I also really liked the pumpkin seed and cheese rolls. My husband really liked that escargot was available every night, as that is his favorite appetizer. Their version of warm chocolate melting cake was beyond HORRIBLE! Giovanni’s Table: We did not eat there, so I cannot comment. WindJammer: We noticed a marked decrease in quality. The food just wasn't enjoyable or flavorful. I’ve had better buffet food at Golden Corral. There was always something to eat, but the quality just wasn’t good. Even many of the fruits weren’t ripe. Desserts were pretty awful. In fact, the only dessert we liked in there was the Ranger cookies. My daughter is in high school and is taking Foods 2 and was commenting that she could a better job of preparing some of the foods. Indeed, she probably could. Music: We enjoyed Terry Dobson, the singer/guitarist in the Duck & Dog Pub several nights. We thought he was very talented and engaging. We also enjoyed the Caribbean band near the pool. Sorry, I don’t recall their name. The show band was also very talented—they played jazz a couple nights on the Main Street area on Deck 5 and seemed very popular. Shows: With the exception of the ice show (which was fantastic!), they were not good. We really found Royal Caribbean to be lacking in the entertainment category. It really seemed like they were geared toward much older people. I was surprised at that. The performers were decent enough and did a good job at what they had to perform, but the subject matter was stale and geared toward seniors, in my opinion. I’m 45 and my husband is 50, so we’re not spring chickens, either! There was a guy named Scott Record doing impressions (and fart jokes) and we thought he was horrible. Not talented. Not funny. Although he was a decent singer, I’ll give him that. In fact, we ended up walking out during a point in the show when it was totally dark. There was a comedian named Carl Banks the last night of the cruise who was pretty funny. That and the ice show were the only shows we truly enjoyed. Kids/Teen Club: My kids are 13 and almost 17. They did not like the Optix (teen) club on RCI. They much preferred Carnival’s teen clubs. When we boarded the ship, they only had one copy of the Teen activities in English and a huge pile of them in Spanish. It was never replenished, so my kids never knew when the organized activities were. Most of the time they ended up just meeting their friends outside the teen club at designated times and doing their own things. Beverage package: My husband got the Select package, which includes non-alcoholic drinks, soda, beer and wine. He felt that he got his money’s worth, particularly in view of the recent alcoholic beverage price increases. I got the Royal Replenish package, which includes non-alcoholic drinks, soda, premium coffee drinks, fresh squeezed orange juice and bottled water. I’m pretty sure I drank at least $22 worth of beverages each day, particularly in view of the fact that they charge $3.50 for a glass of fresh squeezed orange juice, $4.00 for a virgin pina colada and $5.50 for a grande vanilla latte or Frappuccino. One gripe about the Royal Replenish package: there was only one venue to get coffee, and there were often long lines due to the fact that it is the same place that serves Ben & Jerry’s ice cream. Also, on 3 out of 7 days I was told by staff in Windjammer that fresh squeezed orange juice was not yet available when I was there (7-7:30am). That was not acceptable, considering I paid extra for the package that includes fresh squeezed orange juice. They should have it available when Windjammer opens for breakfast. Read Less
Sail Date: March 2015
We picked Adventure again because of the ports. Getting on the ship was a breeze. We left our hotel around noon, dropped off our luggage and we were on the ship by 1:00. We went up to the Windjammer for lunch and then walked around the ... Read More
We picked Adventure again because of the ports. Getting on the ship was a breeze. We left our hotel around noon, dropped off our luggage and we were on the ship by 1:00. We went up to the Windjammer for lunch and then walked around the ship a bit. We went to see where our dining table was and took pictures of different areas without crowds. Right at 2:00 our room opened and shortly we had one small bag delivered. We didn't get the other two bags until around 5:00. We had a superior balcony stateroom and always book this type of room. I noticed new deck chairs and table were one of the improvements. The other was the bed mattress which after the first night I had to order a memory foam topper, this still wasn't enough so I found another mattress topper packaged under the bed and put that one on too. This made for a much more comfortable bed. The flat screen tv was new also and I liked seeing my account everyday. We ate three nights in the dining room, three nights in the windjammer and one night at Giovanni's. The dining room food was just so so nothing really spectacular. I enjoyed the appetizers and desserts more than the main meal. I usually like a Cosmo with dinner but for the price of $12 and the small size of the drink, I opted for a glass of wine $8. Glasses of specific wine were limited unless you wanted the whole bottle. The windjammer had a nice variety of food but walk around the whole area before deciding what you want to eat. We found different items on one side that weren't on the other. Breakfast time was always crowded and we had a hard time finding a seat, dinner time wasn't as bad. Loved getting an afternoon snack around 4 to take back to the room with a drink and just relaxing before getting ready for dinner. One night we ate at Giovanni's. Here again I had a problem with my wine. All I wanted was a glass of moscato but had to buy the bottle. Dinner was explained in detail and there were a lot of choices. We enjoyed this restaurant but thought Portifinos was better. We went to two shows the singing comedian and the Las Vegas tenors. Both were very good and lasted just long enough. We did well at the casino the first two nights but after that it was win a little, lose a little. We enjoyed all of the ports, st Thomas...Megan's bay was one of the most beautiful beaches in the world. Get there early and claim your space. st Kitts we took a tour of the island, very poor and unkept. This was our least favorite island. Aruba we've always loved and got a day pass at The Occidental resort. Fun day with beautiful beach and warm water. Curaçao we took a tour, lots of money and very pretty island. I'd come back here for a week. We usually get a midship room but booked later than usual and got a forward room on the 8 th floor. This made for a LOT of walking to get to most places. This ended up being ok because we only gained a couple of pounds on this vacation. But if you're not a good walker it could be a problem. We were told on this cruise it was overbooked and there were 870 kids. It was school vacation in many states including PR. The kids didn't seem to be a problem but there were quite a few rude adults cutting in lines and rushing into elevators before others got out. I guess this is an ongoing problem with some cruises. All in all it was a great cruise for our third time on this ship. Next cruise I want to try a bigger different class that has a bit more to offer. Read Less
Sail Date: March 2015
This was our (my wife and I) third cruise on RCI in 5 years and love their ships, including the Adventure of the Seas. Regardless of the ship, there's something for everyone. As we've grown older, we don't participate in all ... Read More
This was our (my wife and I) third cruise on RCI in 5 years and love their ships, including the Adventure of the Seas. Regardless of the ship, there's something for everyone. As we've grown older, we don't participate in all activities as before, but enjoy the fact that we have choices. One thing I have to mention is that the Pan American pier from which the Adventure embarks (and disembarks) in San Juan is the worst of any we've experienced. It's not the nice modern port on the other side of the bay next to Old San Juan. Lines were long, delays everywhere, seemingly not well organized, and old-looking. Not the fast, organized, modern facilities we've experienced at other ports. There is NOTHING at this port -- no hotels, no restaurants, no shopping -- nothing but an old airport. Based on some earlier reviews, we were afraid the Adventure would appear worn, dated, and unclean, even after the recent refurb. But we found it not to be the case. It appeared just as fresh and clean as the brand new Oasis that we were on about 2.5 years ago. In fact, most of the new features are exactly the same as on the larger ship. As expected, food in the Windjammer and dining room was acceptable but not gourmet -- sometimes very good, sometimes not. Service in the dining room was outstanding, but I wish we had chosen the 6:30 seating instead of 8:30. It gets you out too late. Breakfast in the dinning room was outstanding. Lunch okay but not great -- extremely small portions. The slots in the casino were generous. Although there's a limited smoking area, it's difficult to avoid the smoke entirely. Since our last trip, they've begun automatic gratuities to staff, which we like. Another addition were the alcoholic drink packages. It didn't take but a few drinks for us to realize it was worth the cost. Although we were warned beforehand, it seemed the passengers on this cruise were 99% Spanish-speaking, which made for difficult conversation and friend-making if English is your only language. I know I exaggerate, but it was probably no less than 90%. Ports begin to look alike after a few cruises, even the ones you've never visited before -- endless rows of jewelry, watch, and souvenir stores. St. Thomas is the worst in that respect, although interesting in other respects, especially if you get off the main shopping street. Loved the S.O.S. Antiques store on the waterfront -- sunken ship artifacts, coins, weapons, etc. Even if you don't buy anything, it's like a visit to a museum. Also loved the Palm Passage alley off the main shopping street. We like Ballerina for jewelry and stuff. James is the best. St. Kitts was a bit of a disappointment. Since the sugar industry there collapsed in 2005, the only real industry is tourism, and it's obvious. The 3 hour train/bus ride around the island was interesting (the free flowing rum punch made it seem even more interesting), as was a quick visit to the National Museum (two small rooms upstairs in the old government building). Carib beer was cold and cheap. We loved Aruba -- beautiful, clean, modern, upscale -- and might go back on a separate trip to spend more time there since we saw very little of it in one day. Curacao was beautiful but we arrived there on Good Friday and everything was closed (Hint: before booking a cruise, check national and local holidays in your ports). If you take this cruise, we highly recommend spending extra days in San Juan on the front end and/or the backend. We loved it, especially Old San Juan and Condado. We might go back on a separate trip. The Best Western Plus, Condado Palms is highly recommended. Great location with lots of restaurants nearby and an easy one-block walk to the beach. Love the local beer, Medalla. Read Less
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Sail Date: April 2015
This cruise was our second time sailing on the AOS. We arrived a day early in San Juan. It's much more relaxing to arrive a day early and less stress at the airport and getting to the port. To avoid the long taxi line at the ... Read More
This cruise was our second time sailing on the AOS. We arrived a day early in San Juan. It's much more relaxing to arrive a day early and less stress at the airport and getting to the port. To avoid the long taxi line at the airport, a porter will take your luggage to the front of the line for $10. Money well spent!! For the third time, we stayed at the Hampton Inn & Suites in the Isla Verde area. Great hotel! It's close to both the airport and the port. Embarking was seamless. This trip we had the "day at sea" at the beginning instead of the end of the cruise. We prefer to have the "day at sea" on the last day to sleep in, pack and enjoy all the activities on the ship. The Windjammer was our go-to place for breakfast and it was really good this cruise. We tried the dining room for breakfast and the scrambled eggs were cold as was the toast. One guy at our table waited & waited for his omelet - not sure if he ever got it. It shouldn't take 15+ minutes for an omelet. He was still waiting for his omelet when we finished our breakfast and left the dining room. Our suggestion is a nickel-plated grill for both the dining room and the Windjammer to roll omelets. This would reduce the long waiting line for omelets in the Windjammer. We tried room service the next day and that was worse than the dining room - cold eggs & bacon and warm milk. The coffee & pastries were good on the room service. All the food at the Windjammer was hot & good. We had the late seating for dinner each night and our waiter Chandan and assistant waiter Kimber were AMAZING!!! 6 stars plus! Zero stars for the maitre'd . . . he or she never visited our table! The dining room food was amazing. Nice variety every night. One night I didn't care for the pasta dish and was able to get a steak, done to perfection, in no time at all. One of the best features of AOS is the promenade . . . it's the main street of the ship . . . bars, restaurants, shops . . . the gathering spot of the ship. All Royal Caribbean ships should have a promenade!! If the sports bar could have more variety in what they are showing on the TVs, that would be a huge plus!!! There should be something for everyone . . . soccer, baseball, hockey, basketball . . . NOT just soccer!!! The bartenders in the sportsbar were great - friendly, chatty and fun. Also, if the TVs in the staterooms could somehow be language of choice (i.e., English, Spanish, etc.) instead of a mixture. It's frustrating when we would have the TV on when we were getting ready for dinner and only a few stations were in English! Ports: Barbados - Carlisle Bay, amazing beach! Plenty of activities and beautiful jewelry; you can enjoy a beautiful walk back to the ship from Carlisle Bay; St. Lucia - Rodney Bay, also an amazing beach with a lot of activities; Antigua - Runaway Beach, a quiet beach with bar & restaurant. Ask for taxi driver Bobcat in Antigua; St. Maarten, Front Street and St. Maarten beach - only a 15 minute walk (not 40 minutes like the cruise director said); also amazing shopping on Front Street, especially BeDazzled jewelry! No pressure to buy!!! St. Croix - Sand Castle Beach - great beach, amazing snorkeling and great restaurant. Disembarking was also a breeze! $10 to the porters once you gather your luggage and another long, long line avoided getting through customs! They take all of your luggage out to the waiting taxi's. If you want to see videos of our cruise, go to YouTube Cowpote1! Can't wait to go back to the Caribbean! Our key to a great cruise is don't book an excursion in every port, spend your money in port, relax, take a lot of pictures, sample the local foods & beer (you can have a Corona anywhere), bring a lot of ones and fives for taxi's and small items in port, book your next cruise on the ship and enjoy the white sand beaches and crystal blue water!!!! Read Less
Sail Date: April 2015
I was really worried about this cruise after reading some of the reviews but was pleasantly surprised by AOS!! We had a fantastic time! We were a family of 4 and had a balcony room 9622. Dennis was our room attendant and was excellent! The ... Read More
I was really worried about this cruise after reading some of the reviews but was pleasantly surprised by AOS!! We had a fantastic time! We were a family of 4 and had a balcony room 9622. Dennis was our room attendant and was excellent! The Windjammer and pool were only 2 flights up from us. We were close to the stairs and it was still quiet at night. The shipped was sold out due to spring break and we still felt we could do everything we wanted. We thought the entertainment was outstanding and really enjoyed Bobby the Cruise Director and his staff. They were engaged and went out of their way to include everyone at events. My 8 year old used the kids club in the evenings and enjoyed it. My 12 year old participated in some activities at the teen club but spent a lot of time checking out all the action at different venues. Food for us was great. The dinners at night got a little long but if you got in right away and ordered first it seemed to go faster. We actually really liked the variety and food in the Windjammer. Again, with 2 boys everyone was happy. The pool was busy on sea day but totally open on port days. We had fun at the pool parties and tried to get involved in the events listed. Great ship for a busy family!! Read Less
Sail Date: April 2015
We had a wonderful time. That being said, there were a few minor dislikes. None ruined anything, but would be nice if they were different. Ice cream on deck 11 only open limited hours. Kids seemed to find it closed when trying to ... Read More
We had a wonderful time. That being said, there were a few minor dislikes. None ruined anything, but would be nice if they were different. Ice cream on deck 11 only open limited hours. Kids seemed to find it closed when trying to get some quite often. Only open about 11am-6pm. Buffet didn't have a huge selection, and was closed from 5pm until 6:30pm and didn't open until 7am in the morning. The afternoon time was a pain when trying to feed the kids before going to Adventure Ocean. All stations seemed to have the same 10 or so items. On the goid side, we never had a problem finding a seat. Other cruise lines seemed to have buffet open more, but close lines one at a time to switch over between meals. Didn't seem to be a lot of entertainment options. Royal Prominade was too small for events planned. Shops seem to set up shopping events in the center area at the same time there was entertainment there. Made it impossible to navigate through all the people. All minor issues that didn't ruin our cruise. Read Less
Adventure of the Seas Ratings
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Cabins 4.0 0.0
Dining 4.0 0.0
Entertainment 5.0 0.0
Public Rooms 5.0 0.0
Fitness Recreation 5.0 0.0
Family 5.0 0.0
Shore Excursion 4.0 0.0
Enrichment 1.0 0.0
Service 4.0 0.0
Value For Money 4.0 0.0
Rates 4.0 0.0

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